Kerman wins $20m Greenbushes contract, 100 jobs to follow

Talison Lithium's Greenbushes mine in Western Australia.

Kerman Contracting has been awarded a $20 million contract by MSP Engineering to provide structural, mechanical, piping and electrical installation works for a crushing circuit at Talison Lithium’s Greenbushes operation in Western Australia.

The contract is part of the CGP2 project, a $320 million investment that will increase lithium concentrate production at the mine to around 1.34 million tonnes (Mt) a year. Construction is due to start next month with completion expected this December.

According to Kerman, the scope of the contract includes the crushing and screening buildings and all associated materials handling systems, as well as the installation of reclaiming equipment in the secondary ore stockpile reclaim vault, stockpile reclaim belt feeder and the high pressure grinding rollers (HPGR) fresh ore conveyor and associated mechanical equipment.

The HPGR building includes conveyors, a transfer station and primary screen feed sizer, the screen oversize conveyor screen oversize surge bin, surge bin belt feeder and associated chutes.

Kerman managing director Chris Kerman commented: “We look forward to strengthening our established business relationship with MSP Engineering and are excited about being part in yet another project in the emerging lithium market.”

The contract will provide employment for around 100 people. Kerman’s aim is to provide opportunities to local people of Greenbushes and the South West region of Western Australia.

Kerman is also completing a project for MSP at the Tianqi Lithium Hydroxide Processing Plant in Kwinana.

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